Beat one’s head against the wall



Also, bang or run one’s head against or into a brick wall. Waste one’s time in a hopeless enterprise, as in I have tried many times to convince him to stop smoking, but I’m beating my head against a brick wall. The metaphoric phrase alludes to a physical expression of frustration. [ Late 1500s ]
Also see: beat the air

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